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Gender Affirming Care Program

Gender Affirming Care Program

GENder Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS)

The GENECIS program is the first program in the Southwest that provides affirmative, comprehensive endocrine care and mental health support for transgender and gender diverse youth.

Being transgender or gender diverse is when a person has a gender identity (male, female or non-binary) that is different form their sex assigned at birth. Sometimes this can cause a persistent distress called gender dysphoria. 

Individualized treatment plans are developed for each patient through collaboration with patients, their parents/guardians, and GENECIS Program providers. The GENECIS providers at Children's Health℠ follow established guidelines from The Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines and The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) for medical and mental healthcare services, also consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement.

At GENECIS, we recognize that care is not just about medical transition, but supporting patients and families in their journey.

Treatments and Services

  • Menstruation Suppression
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Services

Supportive services and research

  • Social Work Support
  • Support for psychological health and social-emotional needs
  • Education and Training for providers, educators and community partners
  • Research to improve health and development

Referrals to additional medical specialties

Children’s Health does not provide the following services, but will refer to other specialists.

  • Fertility preservation
  • Gender affirming surgery
  • Laser hair removal
  • Voice therapy

Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children

This guide is designed for anyone who knows a transgender or gender-diverse child, plans to write about children who transition, or simply wants to learn more.

Guidelines for parents and caregivers from the Human Rights Campaign, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and American Academy of Pediatricians, and written in collaboration with Dr. Ximena Lopez and Heather Newby, LCSW from the GENECIS Program.

Gender affirming medical care

Gender affirming medical care is considered medically necessary treatment for transgender adolescents and adults who experience physical dysphoria (i.e., distress associated with physical sex characteristics). While not all individuals who experience a discrepancy between their gender identity and sex assigned at birth experience physical dysphoria, many do. 

No medical intervention is recommended for children before the onset of puberty.

Patients are supported by our multidisciplinary team, which includes:

The GENECIS Program provides a path to change through compassionate and professional care.
Yolanda (patient's parent)
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gynecology
  • Pastoral Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Fostering a safe space

We provide an open and affirming environment where patients of all backgrounds and identies are able to access the highest quality care available. We are by your side, creating a safe space for all children and families.

Resources

Pediatric Endocrine Society Resources

Meet the Care Team

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